Space Weather @ Mars: The CME of March 5, 2013
- Visualizations by:
- Tom Bridgman
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To protect their space assets from excessive radiation, NASA and other organizations research the fundamental processes behind space weather such as CMEs, integrating them into research models, which are run continuously at the Community-Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) at NASA Goddard.
When CMEs occur on the sun, models are generated with the best event information available at the time and propagated forward to estimate regions in the solar system that might be affected. The models take about an hour or two to run. The CMEs themselves usually take one or two days to reach other planets or spacecraft.
The March 5 CME moved towards Mars and the STEREO-B spacecraft (blue spacecraft icon). This allowed mission operators to take steps to protect STEREO-B as well as spacecraft operating around and on Mars.
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio, the Space Weather Research Center (SWRC) and the Community-Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC), Enlil and Dusan Odstrcil (GMU).
- Tom Bridgman (GST) [Lead]
MissionsThis visualization is related to the following missions:
Datasets used in this visualization
Enlil Heliospheric Model (A.K.A. Enlil Heliospheric Model)
MHD solar wind simulationSee more visualizations using this data set
DE421 (A.K.A. JPL DE421)
Dataset can be found at: http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/?ephemerides#planetsSee more visualizations using this data set
SPICE Ephemerides (A.K.A. SPICE Ephemerides)
Satellite and planetary ephemeridesSee more visualizations using this data set
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